Delaware and Israel
Trade and Population Statistics
|Exports to Israel (2012)
| Percentage Change (2011-2012)
| Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)
|Israel's Trade Partner Rank (2012)
|Military Contracts with Israel (2012)
|Jewish Population (2012)
| Jewish Percentage of Population
foundation grants shared by Delaware and Israel
Grant recipients in
Delaware from U.S.-Israel binational foundations:
CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Inc
du Pont de Nemours
DuPont Experimental Station
University of Delaware
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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Agreements - "Memoranda of Understanding"
In August 2007,
the US and Israeli governments signed a memorandum of understanding
that aims to provide $30 billion in American military aid to Israel
over the next decade. US Representative John Carney (D-DE) pledged his
support for the monumental MOU which requires that Israel reinvest the
majority of the military aid into American companies. "As the United
States Congressman from Delaware," Rep. Carney said, "I pledge
to support the U.S. – Israel relationship and to work hard to
improve and enhance our special bond with the State of Israel."
Read the Foreign Aid Memorandum, CLICK
In 1999, on
the heels of an economic mission to Israel led by then Governor John
Carney, the Delaware Department of State established a trade office
in Jerusalem with the help of Atid EDI, Ltd, an organization which excels
at establishing and developing trade relations in the Middle East.
Delaware Government Missions to Israel
July 2013 - Delaware Governor Jack Markell traveled to Israel on a four-day trip to meet with high tech business incubators, companies and officials. The mission focused on "opportunities to create more partnerships between Delaware and the evolving and emerging hi-tech economy of Israel," Markell said. Delaware Economic Development Israel Office's director, Sherwin B. Pomerantz, hosted Markell's delegation that included meetings with Israel's President and Prime Minister, US Ambassador and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange President, among others. To read more about this mission, CLICK HERE.
January 2010 - Delaware Secretary
of State Jeff Bullock led a trade mission organized by the state's Middle
East Trade Office the represented Delaware's business, legal and academic
communities. The mission targeted business appointments for the Delaware
participants with potential Israeli partners. Delaware's Middle East
Trade Office provides assistance for Delaware companies interested in
business opportunities in Israel among other Middle East countries.
To read about this mission, CLICK
May 2006 - Two members of the Delaware
Judiciary, Chief Justice Myron Steele and Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb,
went to Israel as part of a team from Delaware to meet with members
of the Israeli legal community. The objectives of the trip were to:
1) enhance understanding of Delaware corporate law and Court of Chancery
practice; 2) aid in establishing a specialized court for corporate law
in Israel, and 3) strengthen international bar relations. To read more
about the legal trip, CLICK
The U.S.-Israel relationship is based on the twin
pillars of shared values and mutual interests. Given this commonality of
interests and beliefs, it should not be surprising that support for Israel
is one of the most pronounced and consistent foreign policy values of the
It is more difficult to devise programs that capitalize
on the two nations' shared values than their security interests;
nevertheless, such programs do exist. In fact, these SHARED VALUE
INITIATIVES cover a broad range of areas, including the environment,
science and technology, education and health.
As analyst David Pollock noted, Israel is an advanced country with a population that surpassed eight million people in 2013 and a robust, dynamic economy that allowed it to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Between 2005 and 2013, Israel has represented a larger market for U.S. exports than Saudi Arabia. Although Israel's citizenry make up just 3 percent of the total region's population, Israel accounts for 25 percent of American exports in the Middle East.
"It has also been one of the top 20 foreign direct investors in the United States since 2009," Pollock confirms. He adds that "$2.25 billion of the $3 billion in annual U.S. aid to Israel comes back via Israeli purchases of U.S. military equipment - and that is just 5 percent of the total bilateral trade each year."
Today's interdependent global economy requires that
trade policy be developed at the national and state level.
Many states have recognized the opportunity for realizing
significant benefits by seeking to increase trade with Israel. 33 states have cooperative
agreements with Israel.
In 2012, Delaware exported over $5,364,538.00 worth
of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, Delaware exports to
Israel have totaled more than $217,614,976.00and Israel now ranks as Delaware’s
47th leading trade partner.
Additionally in 2012, Delaware received more than
$4,335,110.92 in foreign military financing (FMF) for US military aid
to Israel. Some of those companies that have received funding through FMF in 2012 or past years
include ILC Dover in Fredrica.
Israel is certainly a place where potential business
and trade partners can be found. It can also be a source, however, for
innovative programs and ideas for addressing problems facing the citizens
Israel has developed a number of pioneering education programs. For example, AICE introduced an innovative Israeli
peer tutoring program to North Carolina that educators adapted for use
in the United States. Now known as Reading Together, the program is
used in 28 states. The program is designed to help students achieve
reading fluency and is mostly used for children in second grade. The
hope is that with its implementation, increasing numbers of students
will perform at grade level or above.
A range of other exciting approaches to social problems
like unemployment, environmental protection and drug abuse have been
successfully implemented in Israel and could be imported for the benefit
The potential for greater cooperation with Israel for
the benefit of Delaware is limited only by the imagination.
Profit From Business With Israel
As the only country with free trade agreements with both
the United States and the European community, Israel can act as a bridge
for international trade between the U.S. and Europe. Moreover, because of
its deep pool of talent, particularly in high-technology areas, Israel
provides excellent investment opportunities. Some of the nations largest
companies, such as IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Intel and McDonalds have
found that it is indeed profitable to do business in Israel.
One good way to break into the Israeli market is through
a joint venture with an Israeli company. Funding for such projects is
available from the Binational
Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). BIRD funds projects in 36 states and the District of
Columbia and hundreds of companies including AOL, GE, BP Solar, Texas
Instruments and Johnson & Johnson have benefitted from BIRD grants.
The United States and Israel established BIRD in 1977
to fund joint U.S.-Israeli teams in the development and subsequent commercialization
of innovative, nondefense technological products from which both the
Israeli and American company can expect to derive benefits commensurate
with the investments and risks. Most grant recipients are small businesses
involved with software, instrumentation, communications, medical devices
Since its inception, BIRD has funded more than 800
joint high-tech R&D projects through conditional grants totaling
more than $210 million. Products developed from these ventures have
generated more than $8 billion in direct and indirect revenues for both
countries and has helped to create an estimated 20,000 American jobs.
Dr. Eli Opper, the former Israeli chair of BIRD, has
said that BIRD is a strong pillar of US-Israel industrial
cooperation and that the extreme success of BIRD has
led Israel to adopt similar models of R&D with other countries.
Several Delaware companies have taken advantage of the BIRD program
including CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
With help from BIRD grants in 2007,
CIBA Chemicals (Newport) and Israel's Freshpoint Quality Assurance,
Ltd jointly developed the Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) technology
which is a packaging label that changes color when the contents- meat,
medicines, blood or milk- spoil. The TTI is called "OnVu!"
and is ready for sale and distribution in various grocery stores.1
Delaware researchers are making scientific breakthroughs
and developing cutting-edge technologies in joint projects with Israeli
scientists thanks to support from the Binational
Science Foundation (BSF). BSF was established in 1972 to promote scientific relations
and cooperation between scientists from the United States and Israel.
The fund supports collaborative research projects in a wide area of
basic and applied scientific field for peaceful and non-profit purposes.
Since its inception, BSF has awarded some $480 million
through more than 4,000 grants in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
BSF-sponsored studies are highly successful
in achieving their two main goals: strengthening the US-Israel partnership
through science and promoting world-class scientific research for the
benefit of the two countries and all mankind. The BSF grants help extend research resources to achieve milestones that might
not otherwise be attainable; introduce novel approaches and techniques
to lead American researchers in new directions; confirm, clarify and
intensify research projects; and provide unmatched access to Israeli
equipment, facilities and research results that help speed American
scientific advances. BSF has documented no less than
75 new discoveries made possible by its research grants and counts 37
Nobel Prize and 19 Lasker Medical Award laureates among its joint partners.
An outstanding breakthrough in the field of material science,
resulting from BSF- sponsored collaboration, was the
discovery of inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles, which
paved the way to the development of superior solid lubricants with important
and large-scale commercial applications in the automotive, machining,
aerospace, electronics, medical, and numerous other industries. This
research, conducted by Prof. Reshef Tenne, Prof. D.J. Srolovitz and
Dr. Yishai Feldman (Weizmann), together with Dr. Edel Wasserman (DuPont
Experimental Station, Delaware), is expected to lead in the future also
to the fabrication of ultra-strong nanocomposites, and a host of other
applications. It also led to the establishment of a new paradigm in
the chemistry of nanomaterials and to the birth of an entirely new field
of inorganic chemistry - the science and technology of hollow-closed
In 1978 the United States and Israel jointly created the Binational
Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)
to help fund programs between US and Israeli scientists for mutually
beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research into agricultural
problems. Since its inception, BARD has funded more
than 1,000 projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia with a
total investment of more than $250 million. In 2000, an independent
and external economic review of 10 BARD projects conservatively
projected more than $700 million in revenue by the end of 2010, a number
which far outweighs the total investment in all BARD projects over its 33 year existence and helps to continually strengthen
Most BARD projects focus on either increasing agricultural
productivity, plant and animal health or food quality and safety and
have been influential in creating new technologies in drip irrigation,
pesticides, fish farming, livestock, poultry, disease control and farm
equipment. BARD funds projects in 45 states and the
District of Columbia and at present is beginning to administer collaborative
efforts between Australia, Canada and Israel as well. It is difficult
to break down the impact on a state-by-state basis, but overall, BARD-sponsored
research has generated sales of more than $500 million, tax revenues
of more than $100 million and created more than 5,000 American jobs.
Jerusalem American International School - The JAIS
is an independent, coeducational day school that offers a secular educational
program from preschool through grade 9 for students of all nationalities.
The Jerusalem Branch of WBAIS was founded in 2001 and is governed by
the Delaware-based non-profit group Walworth Barbour American International
School in Israel, Inc. The schools curriculum is that of U.S. general
academic, college-preparatory public schools.
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The America-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Central Atlantic Region
200 South Broad St., #700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jewish Federation Of Delaware
100 W 10th St #-301
Wilmington, DE 19801-1645
Delaware Department of Economic Development
Sherwin Pomerantz, Israel Director
c/o Atid EDI Ltd.
Bldg. 2, Har Hotzvim, P.O. Box 45005
Jewish Historical Society of Delaware
505 Market Street Mall
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
JHSD Archives: (302) 655-6232
1 "Time Tempature Indicator Technology", OnVu.
2 "Superior Solid Lubricants", Scientific Achievements, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation.